Lalitha Sundaram


Lalitha Sundaram currently works at the University of Cambridge’s Arsenic Biosensor Collaboration. This project seeks to devise a whole-cell bacterial biosensor for the detection of groundwater arsenic, initially for use in Nepal. Lalitha develops strategy to take this novel synthetic biology product from bench to field, with a particular focus on Responsible Research and Innovation. This involves working closely with multiple stakeholders, including regulatory bodies, NGOs, international aid agencies and the local communities using the product.  Lalitha’s broader interest is in exploring how communities in low-and middle-income countries can benefit from the promise and potential of synthetic biology, and in developing mechanisms for synthetic biology to contribute to international development in an ethical and sustainable manner. Lalitha’s PhD research, also at Cambridge University, explored host cell metabolic and microRNA changes following infection by the pathogenic parasite Toxoplasma gondii, using a combination of bioinformatic, next-generation sequencing and molecular biology tools.

Alison Vinall


Head of Radiotherapy Physics – Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Norfolk and Norwich University Hopsital
Twitter handle: @nnuh

Alison studied a physics at Southampton University followed by a Master’s degree in Radiation Physics at what was then the Middlesex Hospital (now University College Hospital –  UCLH) in London. She started work as a basic grade physicist at University College Hospital, working in Radiotherapy Physics. She moved across Tottenham Court Road to work back at the Middlesex Hospital site when the two hospitals merged to become UCLH, gaining promotion to first Senior and then Principal Radiotherapy Physicist. One of her main interests has been in brachytherapy physics (implanting radioactive sources into, or close to a tumour). At UCLH she was involved in pioneering work to treat cancer of the bile duct with a high dose-rate afterloading source via a naso-biliary tube.

In 1999 Alison became Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and in 2002 oversaw the commissioning of a brand new Radiotherapy Department with £20m investment in technology. The Department in Norwich has expanded since this time and treatment techniques have developed dramatically in both accuracy and complexity. The Department in Norwich is one of the busiest in the country but has managed to introduce techniques such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), Image guided brachytherapy and most recently Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SABR) for lung cancer treatment.

Alison is currently serving as a trustee of the College of Radiographers.


Alison was also a STEMM Role Model at the 2015 Women of the Future Conference:

Uzo Nwamu


Senior Engineer
Vodafone UK
Twitter handle: @vodafoneuk

Uzo Nwamu is a Senior Engineer with Vodafone UK and has worked as a project technical lead in previous roles. She has a background in electrical and communication engineering and has had  a career in the telecommunications industry for about ten years, having started as a data design engineer. Uzo holds an MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She actively participates in promoting the study of engineering and visits schools to encourage the next generation of girls in particular to consider a career in engineering.

Dr. Liliya Serazetdinova


Knowledge Transfer Manager – Plants and Crops
Twitter handle: @serazetdinova_l

Liliya has over 14 years scientific expertise in plant breeding, phytopathology, biochemistry and proteomics, and holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg in plant genetics. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and is trained as high growth coach working with entrepreneurs and companies to accelerate their business development.

Susan Thompson


Susan Thompson started work as a Clinical Biochemist at Lewisham Hospital in London after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and Physiology at Reading University. She then obtained an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Surrey after which she moved to King’s College Hospital.

After a career break to raise her family, she trained as a science teacher and gained her PGCE through the Open University. She taught, specialising in chemistry, in state schools, a private school and a further education college. In 2011 she left teaching to work for the Royal Society of Chemistry as the Education Coordinator for the East of England.

Imogen Ogilvie


Imogen Ogilvie is a freelance television researcher with a background in biology. She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before completing a masters degree in Science Media Production at Imperial College London. Imogen has worked as a science researcher on a variety of popular shows from BBC1’s Bang Goes the Theory to Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped as well as various international projects for Discovery Channel and National Geographic. She is responsible for finding content and organising shoots as well as ensuring the factual accuracy of shows that reach millions of people.

Dr. Penny Maplestone



Dr. Penny Maplestone is a Durham Botany Graduate with a PhD from Bristol University on ‘take-all’ disease of wheat. She has worked in plant biology since 1986, first as a researcher, then in technical roles with AFRC/BBSRC and now as Chief Executive of the British Society of Plant Breeders. Penny has broad expertise in intellectual property, regulatory and research issues as they relate to the agricultural plant breeding industry and a strong interest in communications and promoting the benefits and value of plant breeding. Penny is a Fellow of the Society of Biology.

Megan Stowe

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Megan Stowe, Program Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement. Intel Corporation.

Megan has been at Intel for 18 years, working in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK during this time. She started in Sales and Marketing in Australia working in PR and events management and then moved to Hong Kong to start up their SMG site procurement in Asia. During this time she has covered a variety of roles including Sales & Marketing, Travel, relocation, immigration & HR procurement areas. She has predominantly held Global positions, as well as worked and lived in Asia Pacific (10 years) and EMEA (8 years) setting global strategies, performance metrics and managing global teams (LAR, NA, APAC and EMEA).

Currently, Megan looks across the indirect services/procurement supply chain (~$4.5B) working with the different verticals (sales & marketing, HR, travel, IT, Logistics, product engineering services etc) to ensure we are encompassing all aspects of CSR into our supply chain initiatives and choices. Megan is managing the Women’s Supply chain initiative strategies globally to ensure we are working with an inclusive supply chain. With this initiative Intel are looking at and have achieved increasing their spend with women owned businesses in the supply chain at both the tier 1 and 2 levels and developing our pipeline of inclusive sourcing opportunities. Megan also co-chairs the WISE Young Womens Board and works closely with schools ensuring STEM is promoted to girls.


She is Irish/Australian/South African by nationality and grew up in Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to Intel she worked for Warner Lambert Park Davis & Caltex Head office in Cape Town.